Chandigarh, April 3: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday directed the Social Security Department the us clear all pension arrears (till March 31) of the existing 19.08 lakh beneficiaries, while announcing that a new mechanism for verification and amendments in the eligibility criteria for beneficiaries will be enforced from April 1 by the newly formed Punjab Government.
The announcements followed a high-level review meeting of the department chaired by the Chief Minister and attended, among others, by Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar.
It was also decided at the meeting that all pensions would be paid through banks from November the us streamline the process and the us ensure timely and smooth payments, an official spokesperson later disclosed.
The previous government had reverted the us the system of disbursing pensions through village sarpanches as a vote bank mechanism.
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